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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 07:25 GMT
Ulster youth group gets Lawrence award
Philip Lawrence
Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death in 1996
A Belfast-based cross-community youth group has won a major citizenship award presented in memory of murdered London headmaster Philip Lawrence.

The annual Philip Lawrence Awards, which recognise young people's efforts in tackling social issues, were held at the Bloomsbury Theatre in west London on Tuesday.

The scheme was established in 1996, a year after Mr Lawrence was stabbed to death when he intervened in a fight between pupils outside his school in Maida Vale, west London.

They were extended this year to include young people's citizenship projects in Northern Ireland.

Frances Lawrence
Frances Lawrence: 'amazed' by efforts

The Youth for Youth project, which campaigns for better community relations in Northern Ireland, tries to give young people a voice in decision making which effects them.

Nine groups were rewarded for trying to tackle a range of social issues from violence, crime and drug abuse, as well as for challenging discrimination and promoting racial harmony.

Mr Lawrence's widow, Frances Lawrence, said she was constantly amazed by the imaginative projects and dedicated young people she met through the awards.

"Philip dedicated his life to drawing out the best in young people, a process I am keen to see continued through these awards," she said.

Mr Lawrence's 15-year-old killer Learco Chindamo was jailed for life in 1996.


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